Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast

Photo by: EA Stewart ©2015, Television Food Network, G. P. All Rights Reserved.

EA Stewart, 2015, Television Food Network, G. P. All Rights Reserved.

Nothing against hot buttered toast (it’s comforting and delicious), but in terms of nutrition, there’s definitely room for improvement. That’s why you’ll love noshing on this nourishing Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast that you can whip up in five minutes flat. It’s rich in protein, fiber and calcium, which is a bone-building nutrient that many of us fall short on.

This toast is a decadent yet healthy way to fuel your morning, and it’s super-easy to make with your favorite whole-grain or gluten-free bread. And take it from me: If toast for breakfast isn’t your thing, it’s fabulous for lunch too!

Ginger Maple Pear Ricotta Almond Breakfast Toast

Ingredients:

2 slices whole-grain or gluten-free bread

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 pear* with skin (core removed) and sliced thinly

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions:

Place bread in toaster to toast. While bread is toasting, combine ricotta cheese, maple syrup and ginger in a small bowl, and stir to combine, then slice pear. When toast is done, remove it from toaster and spread ricotta cheese mixture, evenly divided, on toast slices.

Divide pear slices in half, and place on top of toast, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon almonds on each slice of toast before serving.

*If you are starting with a whole pear, enjoy the other half alongside your toast.

Per serving: Calories 481; Fat 18 g (Saturated 6 g); Cholesterol 38 mg; Sodium 384 mg; Carbohydrate 57 g; Fiber 10 g; Sugars 13 g; Protein 25 g

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EA Stewart, MBA, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in wellness and GI nutrition. In addition, EA is the creator of The Spicy RD, which features delicious gluten-free recipes made from healthy, seasonal ingredients.

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